After assembling among their best efficiencies of the season in a double-overtime roadway loss against the Los Angeles Lakers on Saturday, the Detroit Pistons entered their first house video game in nearly 2 weeks with a chance to build on their momentum.

The Brooklyn Nets have one of the NBA’s most-stacked rosters after trading for James Harden last month. But they were without Kevin Durant on Tuesday due to the NBA’s health and wellness procedures.

The Pistons capitalized, handing the Internet a 122-111 loss at Little Caesars Arena to improve to 6-18 at the season’s one-third mark.

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Jerami Grant had one of his best performances of the season with 32 points, five rebounds and 4 helps. Delon Wright added 22 points, 9 helps and four rebounds, and Mason Plumlee had 14 points, 12 rebounds and seven assists.

Kyrie Irving led the Nets with 27 points and seven helps, and Harden added 24 points, 12 assists and six rebounds.

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On Saturday, the Pistons handled to snap a streak of cold very first quarters versus the Los Angeles Lakers. Detroit had actually shot 22-for-71 total in its previous three very first quarters, and it was a key factor why they went 0-4 during recently’s trip. In the very first quarter against the Lakers, they shot 10-21 and went into the 2nd quarter with a narrow lead– which assisted them stay competitive versus the safeguarding champs and require two overtimes before falling.

That momentum rollovered on Tuesday, as the Pistons had their best very first quarter of the season against the Webs. They made 16 of their 24 attempts and scored a season-high 38 points in the period. They entered into the second quarter with a 12-point lead, their most significant lead after the opening quarter since they led the Miami Heat by 12 points on Jan. 18.

The Pistons have actually been a better in second-halves than first-halves this season, and cold starts are among several factors behind their record. They’re 4-7 when they end the first quarter with a lead this season, and 1-11 when they end the very first dealing with a deficit.

While preserving leads has actually been a concern at times this season, it wasn’t on Tuesday. Detroit extended their cause 20 points early in the fourth, 49-29, and never trailed after 10:57 mark of the very first.

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Grant has comfortably been Detroit’s finest player on both sides of the floor this season. His consistency on defense hasn’t been unexpected, however his continued evolution as an offending weapon has actually turned into one of the NBA’s more fascinating storylines. He’s off to a hot offending start this season and has actually gotten in the Pistons’ record books in several categories.

On Tuesday, he extended his streak of hitting a minimum of 2 3-pointers to 23 games. He currently owned the franchise record, but he ended up being the 10th gamer in NBA history to reach such a streak when he made his second 3-pointer midway through the third quarter.

Grant has turned into one of the NBA’s finest shooters from outdoors. And he’s on speed to have his finest season from behind the arc. His career-high in makes and attempts was with the Oklahoma City Thunder in 2018-19, when he went 115-293 from outdoors. He’s 62-157 through 24 games this season, and balancing a career-high in attempts per video game.

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It’s one of the primary reasons why he’s been such a consistent scorer, and is currently top-10 in frontcourt All-Star votes in the Eastern Conference. Before the video game, Dwane Casey said Grant is his pick for the Most Enhanced Player award. He should certainly be in factor to consider, at this speed.

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